The FreeCause team was psyched to watch the US-Japan women’s gold medal match in the office today. It pitted our home country and our parent company Rakuten’s home country. A great game and time had by the FreeCause team.
Last week members of our team headed out to Seattle to attend the gaming conference Casual Connect, a great opportunity to meet with hundreds of social gaming companies over a few days of meetings and sessions.
Our time at Casual Connect was spent attending meetings, 30+ pre-scheduled ones and many more impromptu meetings, as well as attending event-sponsored activities and parties. The entire event helped us come away with a clearer understanding of the social gaming market and helped us foster some new leads while also enhancing existing relationships.
The conference provided plenty of opportunity for socializing and fun with other attendees. Conference activities included pool and bowling, a party at the Seattle Aquarium, and faux gambling where several of our team members got ‘rich’ by night’s end. These events provided a nice laid back atmosphere for attendees to continue networking with others. Some of our best conversations took place during these fun activities.
Casual Connect was well structured and let attendees make the most of their time there. The venue provided plenty of opportunities and places for informal conversations and meetings with attendees. The location of the event was right in the middle of downtown Seattle which is quite beautiful. Being from Boston, we especially liked the lack of jaywalking we saw while there – everyone seemed to only use crosswalks. It was amazing!
Overall Casual Connect was what we had hoped it would be – a great opportunity to talk to social gaming companies and discuss how FreeCause can better help them engage and monetize their users.
Thanks to the folks at Uber and their one-day ice cream truck experiment, we were able to take a break and enjoy an afternoon treat. Snow Cones, Choco Tacos, Oreo Screamers, Cookie Sandwiches, Strawberry Shortcakes… so many delicious options to choose from.
A big thanks also goes to our very own Craig Kelly for ordering and coordinating the delivery, even tracking the truck’s every turn on its way to our office.
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Last night FreeCause fielded a team to compete in a co-ed kickball league run by the Boston Ski and Sports Club. While the FreeCause team started of the season with two tough losses, everyone had a great time and we’re already looking forward to our next game.
Photos, and wins, coming soon!
Today our parent company Rakuten announced that it has led a $100M investment in social bookmarking site Pinterest.
You can read the official press release from Rakuten here.
Also, check out some of the media coverage for this major announcement:
A group of us spent yesterday afternoon helping out at Boston Rescue Mission, prepping the food, setting up the dining area, cleaning up, and serving more than 100 men and women. The team had a great time and found the experience very rewarding.
At FreeCause we strongly believe it’s our responsibility to be an active member in the community, and we look forward to future opportunities to donate our time and abilities to help local causes.
Learn how our parent company Rakuten is helping support Tohoku through its Hearts to Tohoku project.
Don’t miss out! Stop by the FreeCause office between 5-7pm, Tuesday night. Enjoy some drinks and snacks, tour our office, meet the team, and introduce yourself to us. We’re looking forward to meeting you!
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